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  1. Connecticut Core ELA: Waterbury’s Perspective On Implementation Successes and Modifications Dena Mortensen Waterbury Public Schools K-5 ELA Supervisor dmoura@Waterbury.k12.ct.us

  2. Our Journey Professional Learning

  3. July 2010-Present

  4. Grade 4 Practice Test Item

  5. What is the criteria on which to base curricula review? Waterbury Unit Development Criteria (Based on Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP) rubric)

  6. Waterbury Unit Development Criteria A rubric (originally designed by the tri-state area) provided to districts by the CT State Department of Education to develop, improve, and/or evaluate CT Core Standards-aligned units. • The rubric includes 4 dimensions: • Dimension 1: Clarity and Specificity of Learning Targets • Dimension 1 is non-negotiable. A score of 3 or 4 is required to move forward. • Dimension 2: Key Shifts in CT Core Standards (CCS) • Dimension 3: Instructional Supports • Dimension 4: Assessment/Monitoring Student Progress

  7. Unit Development Criteria Rating Scale * A score of 3 or 4 is required to move to additional Dimensions. Otherwise, significant revision is necessary before proceeding.

  8. July 2010-Present

  9. K-9 Criteria Rating for Dimension 1ALL TEAMS (all grades/all schools) Average Score: 1.67 * A score of 3 or 4 is required to move to additional Dimensions. Otherwise, significant revision is necessary before proceeding.

  10. K-5 Summary of EvidenceWhat is lacking? Foundational Skills/Phonics Fluency Standards Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Content Area Clarity Explicit lessons Resources/Mentor Texts Text Complexity

  11. Essential Question (EQ) • How do we create an integrated K-12 curriculum management cycle that provides a progressive, developmentally appropriate core instructional program so that all stakeholders have a continuous sense of how well students are being prepared for college and career? • How do we ensure that all students have equal access to quality curriculum that is aligned to the CT Core Standards (CCS)?(Blueprint for Change: Goal 2) • How do we ensure that all students in K-5 have equal access to a quality interdisciplinary curriculum that is aligned to the CCS and other content standards? Topical EQs What do all students need to know, understand and be able to do at each grade level? How do we teach effectively to ensure that students learn? How do we effectively operationalize an instructional plan that aligns the four domains of college readiness with the CT Core Standards?  How will we know that students have learned?  What structures do we have in place when students don’t learn? Or meet/exceed mastery based on grade level criteria?

  12. Interdisciplinary Curriculum Writing Process

  13. CCS CT SS Framework NGSS Lab/Engineering Design CELP K-3 SEI Rigor/DOK GRASPS/RAFT AET, SB Identify EOY SS Power Standards -Define Learner -Add supporting standards -Pull Academic Vocab from standards -Write EUs/EQs Create Performance Assessment and CFA(s) -End of module PA -Evaluate with AET Embed Additional Standards -Vocab for the ELL -Academic behaviors Identify NGSS Standards -Pull Academic Vocab from standards -Write EUs/EQs Identify EOY ELA Power Standards -Define Learner -Add supporting standards -Pull Academic Vocab from standards -Write EUs/EQs Text Complexity Culturally Responsive Abbreviated Language Standards-based Grading UDL CCT Text-dependent Questions Inductive/Deductive Create Holistic Rubric -Consistent template Identify Text Set -Science -Social Studies -ELA Learning Experiences -Timeline -Resources -Differentiation -Targets/criteria -Lesson Design Unit Overview 6+1 Writing Traits (Wilson Fundations Science Kits

  14. “If I had only focused on how far I had to go then I might have been overcome with doubt. In many ways that’s what we’re doing here at school too…unsure of where the road might lead us on the way to our goal, but at some point you just need to take that first step, and keep on going with a belief and a trust that you’ll get there.” -Connected Principals

  15. Fundations K-2 (replaces scope & sequence) *Separate block from the Unit (lessons paced in unit timeline)

  16. Grade 1 District Math Assessment

  17. New Templates K-12 CCS ELA Primary & Supporting Standards/skills SS or NGSS with CELP & K-3 SEI Standards/skills SBAC Claims Web Content in Bold

  18. Enduring Understandings Essential Questions

  19. Core Stimuli/ Technology Vocabulary Enduring Understandings Genre (Culturally Responsive) Standards Additional Vocabulary

  20. Resource Learning Targets (CCT) Differentiation Assessment (Criteria “I Can”, CCT) Metacognitive Strategy Activity & DOK Standard/ Enduring Understanding Text-Dependent Questions

  21. Common Formative Assessment

  22. Performance Assessment

  23. Performance Assessment Holistic Rubric

  24. Lesson Design (CCT)

  25. The Trait Crate (writing resource)

  26. Next Generation Science Standards

  27. Grade 4 Practice Test Scoring Guides Smarter Balanced Practice Tests and Info

  28. Google Drive!!

  29. July 2010-Present PD

  30. What is the data telling us?

  31. SB ELA Baseline 2015

  32. Unit Development Criteria ScoresEQuIP

  33. mCLASS Composite Scores

  34. Action Steps 2015-16 • STANDARDS, STANDARDS, STANDARDS!! • Exposure: question types (SBAC, SAT) = • class work; common formative assessment; performance tasks; SBAC interim assessment(s) • Units of Study: grounded by rigorous performance assessment • CCT-Centric Lesson Design • K-12 Curriculum Mapping • Standards-Based Scoring Tools (rubrics tied to Claims, targets, etc.) • Reflection-in-Action (coaching cycles, learning from student work protocols, etc.)

  35. Resources • “The Common Core K-5: Teaching Students to Meet the Reading Standards” by Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda Overturf • “Countdown to Common Core Assessments” by CTB/McGraw Hill • Survey Monkey (Send anonymous surveys to collect info/data) • https://www.surveymonkey.com • Eventbrite (send invitations for PD and collect data) • https://www.eventbrite.com/ • Google Drive (Share documents; edit documents in “real time”) • https://www.google.com/drive/ • Poll Everywhere (Live polls using text or web) • https://www.polleverywhere.com/ • Smarter Balanced Practice Test Scoring Guides (professional learning) • http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test-resources-and-documentation/#scoring • CT Core Standards Library of Professional Learning (professional learning) • http://ctcorestandards.org/?page_id=3794

  36. Questions?Takeaways? QR Reader for iPad – Free on App Store

  37. Connecticut Core ELA: Waterbury’s Perspective On Implementation Successes and Modifications Dena Mortensen Waterbury Public Schools K-5 ELA Supervisor dmoura@Waterbury.k12.ct.us